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Research Letter
July 6, 2017

Parental Actionability of Educational Materials Regarding Laryngotracheal Reconstruction

Author Affiliations
  • 1currently a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online July 6, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.0942

Laryngotracheal reconstruction (LTR) can be a life-saving procedure for children with subglottic stenosis. Nevertheless, as many as 20% of patients experience some complications, such as scarring, infection, restenosis, or fistulization.1 Rarer complications, such as anastomotic separation and laryngeal edema, can be deadly.1 In such circumstances, when the medical decisions that parents make for their children have important consequences, parents must understand the information that they read to make the most informed decisions. In 2014, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed a validated instrument called the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) that determines the understandability and actionability of written health information.2 We evaluated LTR-related patient educational materials by using the PEMAT.

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